Markets & Economy

California is great for families, and Sacramento area is best

Bay Area cities make up half the state's top 10 list for families.
  • Despite home price gains in the Bay Area and Sacramento, markets within these MSAs are cited as best for families.
  • South Central LA is considered among the worst areas for families.
  • Folsom and El Dorado Hills, Sacramento submarkets, have the second- and third-highest median family incomes in the state.

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Boasting the largest economy in the U.S. and the seventh biggest globally, California has been cited in a recent report as a "great place for families." The report, released by WalletHub, analyzed 240 cities in the state and determined the best and worst locales for families. Of the top 10 best cities, eight are located in either the San Francisco Bay Area or the Sacramento MSA. They include: Folsom San Ramon Dublin Pleasanton El Dorado Hills Danville Palo Alto Roseville Two Southern California cities, Aliso Viejo and Eastvale, also snagged spots in the top 10. A pair of Sacramento submarkets appear most ideal for families. Folsom has the state's most affordable housing and the second-highest median family income. Additionally, the city has the lowest percentage of families living below the poverty level. Source: WalletHub Nearby El Dorado Hills has the third-highest median family income and the second-most-affordable housing in that state. ...